The City of Hastings currently has a policy in place which imposes civil penalties in the case of a liquor license compliance check failure. Those guidelines were adopted in December 2000. Earlier in 2009, the Hastings City Council reviewed these guidelines and adopted some ordinance changes relating to these compliance checks. One piece of the changes approved by the City Council is the establishment of a Best Practice Business Program with the goal to team up with local liquor establishments on ways to eliminate sales of alcohol to youth. We believe that by helping licensees to avoid law violations, such as selling alcohol to underage people, will help the city as a whole to avoid the problems that come with underage drinking. It is less expensive and easier to prevent youth access to alcohol than to investigate the motor vehicle crashes, fights, and other crime that underage drinking promotes.